Organic Rules and Certification

Control body, IMO, Switzerland, 2009

Control body, IMO, Switzerland, 2009. [Certification - Control authority and Control body]

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Type of authority/body

Private

Level of operation

International

The authority/body work areas

Both certification and inspection

Comments on type , level and work areas

International organic certification body; Active in over 70 countries in Asia, Africa, North & South America with local offices in more than 20 countries. Head office in Switzerland is also in charge of organic inspections and certification in Switzerland. Independent office in Germany for inspections and certifications in Germany and Turkey. In addition to organic certification, various other certifications are offered such as Forest Stewardship Council FSC, Marine Stewardship Council MSC, Global Organic Textiles Standard, IMO fair for Life Social & Fairtrade Certification. For more details please refer to www.imo.ch

Name of the authority/body

Institute for Marketecology (IMO)

Start year for doing organic certification and/or inspection

1990

EU control code according to O.J. 2009/C 72/04

No EU control code but Swiss control code: SCESp 004

Accredited according to

Combinations of above or ISO65 accreditation with scope: “Other organic standards”

Comments on accreditation

Accredited according to Swiss Organic Regulation, EU-Regulation and other sustainability standards by SAS. Also accredited by USDA (NOP) and MAFF (JAS)

Authority/body accredited by:

Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS)

Is the authority/body a standards owner. If "no", then fill in the contact details below

No

Address

Weststrasse 51, CH-8570 Weinfelden, Switzerland

Phone

+41-716260626

E-mail

imo@imo.ch

Links to authority/body web page and further information

http://www.imo.ch

Contact person (name, phone, email) if possible

Sigrid Alexander, e-mail: agro@imo.ch for Certification in Switzerland

If not a standards owner, does the control authority/control body have a control logo?

Yes

Number of European organic standards (incl. the EC 834/2007) according to which the control authority/body offers certification and/or inspection in the country [standard certified / (standard inspected)]

4 / (4)

Titles of European organic standards (incl. the EC 834/2007) for which certification (and inspection) is offered in the country.

Swiss Organic Farming Ordinance SR 910/18, Bio Suisse, EU Regulation 834/2007, Engagement Bio (Migros Bio)

Titles of European organic standards (incl. the EC 834/2007) for which only inspection is offered in the country.

Demeter, Bio-Natur Plus (Manor bio) , Label-AB, Soil Association

Comments on the system for certification and/or inspection in the country

IMO is only inspecting and certifying importers, processors and restaurants in Switzerland.

Titles of non-European standards for which certification and inspection is offered in the country.

National Organic Programme (NOP) Japanese Agricultural System (JAS) QAAC (Quebec)

Brief overview of certification and inspection activities outside Europe (incl. organic standards, for which certification and/or inspection is offered) if relevant.

IMO certifies more than 1500 operators world-wide, many of which are smallholder producer groups. International certification activities are mainly according to the EU Organic Regulation, many also to NOP and some also to JAS. Close cooperation with all leading organic private labels to ensure that IMO certified operations are easily re-certified according to necessary private labels, e.g. Naturland or Demeter.

Names of other European countries (than the country concerned), where the control authority/body is operating

Germany: see IMO GmbH Germany Ireland: organic aquaculture certifications done by IMO Switzerland

Total number of operators in the country controlled (certified and/or inspected) according to the EC 834/2007 and/or national organic standards by the control authority/body.

97

Number of organic processors and other operators in the country controlled (certified and/or inspected) according to EC 834/2007 and/or national organic standards by the control authority/body.

97

Number of organic farmers in the country controlled (certified and/or inspected) according to EC 834/2007 and/or national organic standards by the control authority/body.

0

Number of employees (full-time, part time and free lance) in "full time years" involved in organic certification and/or inspection in the country

2

Comments on operators certified and/or inspected and on work force in full time years

97 processors were certified and 127 audits were carried out in 2008. At present IMO does not certify farms in Switzerland.

Annual turnover [in €] from organic certification and/or inspection in the country

144347 €

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic farmers in the country

498.65 € (760 CHF)/day for inspection, travel and reporting 196.84 € (300 CHF) certification fee 65.61 € (100 CHF) office charge CHF - EUR exchange rate used: 1.524

Certification fees and inspection fees for organic processors in the country

636.44 € (970 CHF)/day for inspection, travel and reporting 328.06 € (500 CHF) certification lumpsum 65.61 € (100 CHF) office charges, see attached fees CHF - EUR exchange rate used: 1.524

Certification fees and inspection fees for other operators in the country, please specify "other"

importers/exporters pay the same as processors, and individual retailer shops pay the same as producer/farmer see attached file on fees

Comments on annual turnover and fees

The turnover for IMO Switzerland of 144,347 €(220,000 CHF) is from 2008, and it concerns only the certification done in Switzerland.

Number of new operators in the country in 2008

3

Number of operators in the country, which have left in 2008

4

Number of withdrawals of operator authorisations in the country in 2008

0

Comments on gain and loss of customers in 2008 and withdrawal of authorisations in the country

All data entered above is with respect to ORGANIC certification in SWITZERLAND only.

Certification Systems Overview:Control authorities and bodies - certifiers
Certification by country:Switzerland
Standards use for certification and control in EU:Demeter
Soil Association
Bio Suisse
Operators:Processors
Importers
Packing departments
Catering and restaurants
Item type:Certification - Control authority and Control body
ID Code:1433
Deposited By:Florentine Meinshausen
Deposited On:02 Apr 2009 14:41
Last Modified:18 May 2010 09:29

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